Eastern Conference Playoff Picture: Is Your Team In Or Out?

March 6th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter

It’s official.  For the majority of NHL teams there is less than 20 games left in the season.  For some teams, most notably the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Islanders, and Edmonton Oilers, it’s time to put their playoff hopes on the shelf and take a look at the kids on the farm. For others, it’s crunch time—time to get hot in hopes of making the playoffs.

In the NHL’s Eastern Conference, there are six teams that are legitimately in the running for the bottom-three playoff spots.  The Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, and Atlanta Thrashers currently occupy the sixth, seventh, and eighth playoff spots. Hot on their heals, the New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, and the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are separated by a margin of seven points from the sixth spot.

The interesting part about the Eastern Conference playoff picture is that every one of the teams at or near the bottom has struggled for most of the season—offensively, defensively, or both.  With that in mind, the playoff picture in the East is very muddled.  In fact, we may not know the which ...

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